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The publication of the college yearbook has 
been this year a senior activity, and not a product 
of the junior class as has been the case in former 
years. Therefore, we, the seniors of the State 
Teachers College, offer you this yearbook, the 
Cuesta, as a final project of our four years' work. 
We hope that it may be welcomed by all our class- 
mates and teachers. 


Foreword ..... 


Dedication .......... 7 

President's Message ......... 8 

Our College 9 

Faculty ...... .... 11 

Class History 1936 .... 17 

Junior Class History ...... 18 


Seniors ..... 19 

Juniors .......... 24 

Address of Welcome ... ... 

. 29 

Address to the Underclassmen 


Response ..... 


Traditions and Ideals . 

. 30 

1936 Class Song 

. 32 

Ivy Poem ..... 

. 33 

Ivy Oration .... 

. 33 

Class Will 


"What's the Name of that Song" 

. 35 

Senior Telephone Exchange 


Highlights of Sophomore History, Class of '38 


Freshmen Class History .... 

. 37 

Student Council 

. 38 

Cuesta Staff 


Glee Club . 


Dramatic Club 


Members of String Ensemble 

. 42 

W. A. A. . 


Art Club 


Dormitory Life 

. 45 

Snapshots .... 

. 46 

Graduate Autographs 

. 47 

Underclassmen Autographs 

. 48 



of the Department of Physical Education, for her 

careful guidance and her sympathetic understanding 

of students' problems, we respectfully dedicate this yearbook. 



To the Class of 1936: 

I own to a peculiar affection for this class, for you are the first to go through the degree 
course of four years entirely under my supervision. The members of our faculty appreciate your 
valuable contributions to the life of this college, and take pride in your growth under their 
guidance. We look forward with personal interest to your success. May you make rapid progress 
toward professional achievement. 

May you live a sane and happy life. Always be ready to take your part in the life of the 
community, but remember that a real teacher must also live a life of consecration, a life apart from 
that of the community. May you so love little children, and maintain for them such ideals of 
service, that they will recognize and respond to the reality and vigor of your devotion. 

Let no one ever persuade a member of the class of 1936 that all you can be is "just an ordinary 
teacher". Keep your ideals alive, so that your pupils may remember you in years to come with 
affection and with happiness. 

Albert G. Eldridge, President 


We have spent four years here at Teachers College, and we feel, each and everyone of us, 
that these years' training has been more valuable to us than any other form of instruction that 
anybody could possibly recommend for us. Not one of us would trade our four years here for an 
education of the same duration of time anywhere else. 

As for our actual work at the college, there is no real beginning or no definite ending. 
Everything has been so closely interwoven and entwined that we are able to point to no tangible 
starting or stopping place. We are only aware of the fact with the greatest certitude that our 
studying and hard work has not been aimless. It has led to what we recognize as more growth, 
more experience, more knowledge of what has happened and what is likely to happen, insofar as 
our own profession is concerned, namely school-teaching. 

In our work at the training school we have come into close contact with pupils of a variety 
of ages and sizes. This has been an education in itself. After having stood at the receiving end of 
the line for many years, we were now at the transmitting end, giving knowledge to little children, 
who may, in their turn, be practicing the same procedure in a few years hence. 

Now that our period of training is finished, and we are about to put to practical use what 
we have learned during the past four years, we should like to say that we believe our course here 
has been a most enjoyable and beneficial experience. 

Mary Walsh, Editor 





Bernice Batchelder 

Instructor in Reading Methods, Children's Literature, Language Methods, Activities and the 

Integrated Curricula, Story Telling, Hand Writing, Geography, American History, and 

Education for Better Human Relations. 
Miss Batchelder is a graduate of Bridgewater Normal School. She received her B.S. in Education from Boston 
University and an M.A. from Teachers College. Columbia. 

She has attended many summer schools and has taught in several. Being a specialist in reading and music she has 
traveled all over the United States lecturing and demonstrating for Silver Burdett and Co. Miss Batchelder's experience 
as a teacher of primary grades was obtained at North Reading, Wakefield, and other Massachusetts towns. She was also 
primary supervisor at Salem Normal School in charge of four rooms. 

Lillian Boyden 
Instructor in Music 
Miss Boyden is a graduate of Bridgewater Normal School. She received her B.S. and A.M. from Boston University. 
She also did special work at Columbia University. For several years she has specialized in piano and voice and public 
school music. 

Thomas F. Cummings 
Instructor in Practical Arts. 
Mr. Cummings is a graduate of the North Adams Schools and has taken a summer course at Columbia University. 
He is Manual Training Supervisor of the North Adams Schools as well as at the State Teachers College. 


Grace Louise Donelson 
College Librarian 
Miss Donelson is a graduate of the North Adams Normal School, she has attended the Breadloaf School of English, 
and studied under Professor Boas and others. She has taught at the Mark Hopkins School and at the Tom; School for 
Boys, Maryland. 

Roger F. Holmes 

Principal of Mar\ Hopkins Training School, Instructor in 

Educational Psychology, Methods, and Management. 

Mr. Holmes received his A.B. degree from Wesleyan University, and his Ed.M. from Boston University. 

He has had experience as Teaching Principal in Cummington, Massachusetts, Instructor in Latin, ancient history 

and English literature at the Wellesley Hills Junior High School, and Supervising Principal at Qumcy, Massachusetts. 

Elizabeth M. Jenkins 
Instructor in Arithmetic Method, Educational Psychology, 
Rural Education, and Civic Education. 
Miss Jenkins is a graduate of Aroostook State Normal School, has had graduate study at Plymouth, New Hamp- 
shire Normal School, Johnson Vermont Normal School, Columbia University, and Chicago University. 

She has taught in rural schools in Limestone, Maine, and in primary grades at Presque Isle, Maine. She has been 
demonstration teacher and supervisor of primary grades at Aroostook State Normal School, Maine, principal of State 
Teachers Training Class, Barre, Vermont, supervisor of rural Schools in Delaware, and instructor in rural education 
in Delaware University. 

Mary A. Pearson 

Instructor in Art and Handicraft. 

Miss Pearson is a graduate of Abbot Academy and the Massachusetts School of Art. She has had various summ:r 

courses at Round Lake, Saratoga, and Glens Falls, New York, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Harvard University, 

Salem Normal School, State Teachers College at Amherst, Rhode Island School of Design, New York School of Fine 

and Applied Arts, and State Normal School, North Adams. 

Her experience includes two years of rural work at Reading, one year in the grade school of Southbridge. She 
has been supervisor of art in towns around Boston. 

Miss Mary Underhill 
Instructor in American and English Literature, Drama, History of Civilization, 
and English Composition 
Miss Underhill is a graduate of RadclifFe. A B. and A.M. She received her degree of Master of Education from 
Harvard m 1932. 

She has taught college preparatory English in private schools in Oregon and Connecticut. She has held instructor- 
ships in Wellesley College, Bryn Mawr, and the North Carolina College for Wom:n. 

For the four years from 1926 to 1929 she was reader at the College Entrance Examination Boards. 

Wallace H. Venable 
Instructor in Science, Economics, Arithmetic, and Advanced Mathematics. 
Mr. Venable received his B.S. from the University of Vermont and his A.M. from Columbia University. 
He has taught in rural schools in Shaftsbury and Bennington. Vermont. He was principal of the high school in 
Waitsfield and of junior-senior high school in Jeffersonville, Vermont, and has served as instructor at the North Adams 
Summer School. 

Beth A. Weston 
Instructor in Hygiene, Child Health. Sanitation, and Theory of Physical Education, 
Director of Physical Education. 
Miss Weston was graduated from the Sargent School of Physical Education, and received her B.S. in education 
from Boston University. 

She has had experience in the teaching of physical education in New Brunswick and Atlantic City, New Jersey, 
and Brookhne and Canton, Massachusetts. She has taughf at Harvard Summer School, Hyannis Summer School, and at 
various playgrounds and girls' ramps 

Mrs. Therza Van Etten 
Matron ofTaconic Hall 

Miss Teresa Ferguson 
Miss Bertha Allyn 



The students of the college are especially grateful to the training teachers of the Mark 
Hopkins and Otis training schools for their skillful supervision and many kindnesses. 

This year has proved beneficial to all the students of the college, especially to the freshmen, 
to whom has been extended the privilege of observing and participating at regular hours weekly at 
the training school. This opportunity enables the students to become acquainted with the train- 
ing faculty and the procedures of the school itself. 

For the many trials they have borne in the process of our teacher training we extend our 
sincere gratitude and thanks. 



Marie E. Clark 

130 Curtis Ave., Dalton 

Eleanor M. Corrigan 

16 Pine St., Adams 

Magdalen Eichert 

161 River St., North Adams 

Muriel E. Gingras 

Leonard St., North Adams 

Dorothea L. Hoffmann 

36 Crandall St., Adams 

Ella Mae Karrey . 

64 Charles St., North Adams 

Dorothy H. Lee 

9 Middle St., Hadlev 

Maino, Ida R. 

36 Henderson Road, Williamstown 

Kathryn McGee 

5 Pleasant St., Marlborough 

Margaret A. Miles 

15 Federal St., Wohurn 

Ruth E. Pittsinger 


Marion N. Raedel 

Berkshire Hotel, North Adams 

Francis Singleton 

399 High St., Leeds 

Margaret Stevenson 

104 Notch Rd., North Adams 

Mary Alice Walsh 

135 E. Quincy St., North Adams 

Sylvia Paradis 

17 Forest Park Ave., Adams 



Friday, June Twelve, 1936. at Two O'Clock 
PROCESSIONAL— Pomp and Circumstance 





Reverend Charles L. Foley 


String Ensemble 



James G. Reardon 
Commissioner of Education 


Contralto Solo — Ida R. Maino, '36 

H. H. A. Beach 


Dorothea L. Hoffmann, Helen M. Stokey, '37 


Commissioner Reardon 


God bless our native land 1 
Firm may she ever stand 

Through storm and night ! 
When the wild tempests rave, 
Ruler of wind and wave. 
Do Thou our country save, 

By Thy great might! 

For her our prayers shall be. 
Our fathers* God, to Thee, 

On Thee we wait! 
Be her walls Holiness; 
Her rulers. Righteousness; 
Her officers be Peace; 

God save the State ! 

-John S. Dwight 



Thursday, May 7, 1936 at 3.30 O'clock 

Processional ......... . . Elgar 

Recommendation from the Faculty 

Beth A. Weston, Class Adviser 

Approval by the President 

Albert G. Eldridge 


Pledge of Service 

Recitative and Prayer from Otello . . .... Verdi 


Felicitations from the Juniors 

Helen M. Stokey, President 
Response from the Seniors 

Dorothea L. Hoffmann, President 

Passage Birds' Farewell ........ Hildach 

Glee Club 


Frank W. Wright, Director 
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and State Teachers Colleges 

Alma Mater 

Recessional ............ Svendsen 

Members of the Senior class donned the traditional habiliments of scholarship at the impres- 
sive investiture ceremonies held on the afternoon of May 7- 

To the strains of Elgar's famous "Processional" played by the college ensemble, the proces- 
sion entered the hall, headed by the faculty in academic regalia. Next came the seniors followed 
by members of the junior class. The recommendation that the seniors be presented with caps 
and gowns was made by Miss Beth Weston, class advisor. President Albert G. Eldridge formally 
approved the recommendation. Members of the junior class then stepped forward and invested 
the seniors with caps and gowns. The seniors then gave the pledge of service in unison. Miss 
Stokey, president of the junior class, offered felicitations from the juniors, to which Miss Dorothea 
Hoffmann, president of the senior class, responded fittingly. 

A challenging and thought-provoking message was delivered by Dr. Frank W. Wright, 
State Director of Elementary and Secondary Education and State Teachers Colleges in Massa- 
chusetts. After the ceremonies, President and Mrs. Eldridge entertained at their home the 
faculty, the seniors, and the juniors. 



It was one of those cool, crisp September mornings with just a hint of frost in the air, when 
an eager group of freshmen lifted anchor and left the home port — ready to sail the high seas. We 
were welcomed on our voyage by more experienced sailors, our Big Sisters. They helped us to 
overcome any touches of seasickness, and created for us a hospitable atmosphere. Under their 
guidance we entered into social affairs of all kinds. In fact, we have achieved great fame as the 
"socially minded crew". The Greylock hike, class dances, proms, Christmas caroling, the winter 
carnival, play days, and numerous other events, initiated for us as freshmen, still hold delightful 
memories at the end of four years. 

By the beginning of February, we had gained enough prestige to be enlisted as ship's officers. 
Dorothea Hoffmann was chosen captain with Kathryn McGee, Marion Wood, and Ruth Pitt- 
singer as her mates. Our naval advsior was Miss Weston, from the faculty. June was fast app- 
roaching, the time for vacation, and rest from our duties on ship board. 

After a two months' furlough we returned to port. This second voyage was most event- 
ful, for in November we witnessed the induction of President Eldridge. His loyalty, untiring 
devotion, and high ideals have truly been an inspirationto us. We were glad to welcome Helen 
Dargie to our ranks this year, for where had we seen such agility as she possessed on the basket- 
ball floor? A friendly greeting and cheery smile won for her many friends during her brief stay 
with us. May 17 marked the occasion of the first Cap and Gown Day in our history." Twenty- 
two seniors donned the stately cap and gown as a symbol of the scholastic rank they had 
achieved. We were indeed proud of their accomplishments, and were challenged to gain great 
honor for ourselves. In June, our hearts were saddened by the thoughts of losing two faculty 
members. Miss Banght and Miss Owens, who had both completed long years of willing ser- 
vice, were bidden farewell. 

The following fall showed many changes. Miss Underhill and Miss Batchelder joined our 
ship's advisory board for the first time, while we welcomed Miss Dix after a year's period of study. 
This year brought us more closely into contact with our profession, for we sighted Mark Hop- 
kins Training School, weighed anchor, and spent nine weeks in intensive training. As spring in 
all its beauty came upon us, we devoted much attention to the May Day festival, which was a 
very happy and colorful occasion. Kit McGee as the Spirit of Spring was very refreshing and 
lovely. We owe much of the success of this event to Miss Dix. who spent tireless hours pre- 
paring for it. Our second Cap and Gown Day came, and we as juniors realized that only a year 
remained before we should stand in the seniors' places. Graduation was a blending of joy and 
sadness. We rejoiced at the success of the graduates, but dreaded to see them depart. Good 
fortune had come to Miss Dix, but we could not bear to have her leave us. Amid the excitement, 
we even realized that some of our own classmates might not return in the fall. 

September came with its autumn skies. We were reminded of a certain day three years before 
when we entered N.A.S.T.C. as freshmen. This time we were returning to our Alma Mater as 
dignified seniors. Certain familiar faces were missing. It seems the salty air of the sea did not 
agree with all our crew, for some had left to become entwined in the bonds of matrimony, while 
others decided to begin the teaching profession. Their choice of location ranged from the lonely 
wilds of Mt. Washington to the more urban districts of Pittsfield and Dalton. The vacant chair in 
the Music Department left by Miss Dix was filled by Miss Boyden. This year we did not drift 
very far from our course, but studied long and diligently. Perhaps this sudden fever, as it were, 
came as a result of the good influence of Mane Clark and Sylvia Paradis, who recently came on 
board. Mid-years seemed to be the chief obstacle we were obliged to meet on this, our last voy- 
age. Yes, we even managed to round this Horn, difficult as the passage was. We were proud of 
the dramatic talents displayed by many of our crew in the production of Icebound. Perhaps we'll 
see these members on the stage in the future. 

Now that our voyage is nearly completed, and we are about to take our places in the profes- 
sional world, we realize what these four years have meant to us. They will long linger in our 
memories as happy hours of work and play spent with dear friends. 

Ruth B. Pittsinger '36 



Book worms boast that they can journey to the four corners of the earth, enjoy the coolness 
of the frigid regions in mid-summer, or be transferred to the midst of the African jungle in January. 
But a really first class dreamer can do more than this. Yes, she can remember the hours spent on 
the warm sands at the seashore watching the waves — first, a swell, then a lacelike frill at the top, 
spreading the length of the swell; then, the top of the wave leaned forward showing a smooth, 
shining front, and a crest covered with bridal spray. Then it crashed with a dull roar and travel- 
led, foaming, up and over the hot sands, cooling them with its eager tongue. Ah, yes, and as she 
remembered this, she recalled the same thoughts that occupied her mind just as those waves came 
travelling toward her. 

June really seemed a long time ago, but the events of the past three years were clearly etched 
in her memory. That first day of school when, alone and frightened, she stood in answer to her 
name, that long receiving line and the good time she had at the Freshman Reception, that first 
Hallowe'en Party, and that first dance, all caused a faint but happy smile to cross her countenance. 
They were happy days — every one ! She would never forget those picnics, those Greylock hikes, 
nor those Christmas parties. She could not help grinning as she remembered certain little humor- 
ous incidents at the training school. 

Then came spring and June — and the smiling face saddened. School and its drudgeries were 
forgotten in those days. How far off September seemed ! 

Just as the soft lap, lap of the water along the shore was a part of the whole enchanting 
memory, so is this thought that we, the Class of 1937, depart with deep in our hearts, a vital part 
of our first three years at North Adams. 

"Friendship is a gay thing, 
A thing of wings and song, 
A thing that dwells within the heart 
All the whole day long; 
A thing that grows in darkest place, 
That blooms in darkest hours, 
A thing that in dead winter comes 
Bringing scent of flowers, 
A thing that even darkest night 
Can't hide from worldy view, 
And even failure loses its sting 
As long as friends are true." 

Rita Mead, '37 


Senior Piay Basketball 

W. A. A. Executive Board Soccer 

Commuters' Club Marching Song (words) 

Marie has com: to us this year from Dalton, but we feel that wf 
have known her all four years. She is that kin J of person, friendly 
sociable, and easy to kno*'. Because of her helpful and willing 
nature Marie has made many friends during her stay here at college. 

Her ability to play basketball has made her an object of admira- 
tion and wonder, for her fast passing and her record for miking 
baskets is just too good for one person. 

Nothing is ever too difficult to ask of Molly, for she is as capable 
as she is agreeable. With a smile she says, "Yes, I'll do it", and 
presto' it is done! 


Address to the Underclassmen 3 

Ivy Poem 3 

Class Piay 4 

Christmis Play 4 

Year Book Staff, Assistant Edi- 
tor 4 

Representative to Mod el League 
of Nations 4, Chairmin 

W. A. A. 1. 2, 3, 4 

Axis Staff 1 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3 

Dramitic Club 1 , 2, 3, Prcs dent 4 

Forum 1 

BMconStaff2, 3 

Miy Diy Pageant 3, 4 

Head of Soccer 2, 3 

Basketball 4 

Su;h a charming little girl as Corky we never did see. With her 
gay and sparkling personality she seems to bring new life to every- 
thing she undertakes. As president of the Drama Club she has 
worked faithfully and well, and her enthusiasm in each new venture 
has been a strong incentive to her fellow-workers to trudge onward 
and to surmount all obstacles. 

Surely that is enough for one girl, but not for Corky. She is a 
poet, and a true one, for no one but a real poet could produce lines of 
such exquisite beauty. We shall never forget her entrancing ivy 

For you, Corky, we wish the best that life can bring to you. 

Art Club 3, 4 Orchestra 2 

Drama Club 1,2 W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 

Glee Club 1, 2 

Lena, apparently very quiet — and most unconcerned about life 
in general, has surprised us greatly. Have you ever heard her con- 
tagious giggle or listened as she put forth the League of Nations' 
most recent proposal? Her high scholastic standards should be a 
challenge to all her classmates. 


Basketball 1, 2, 3, Captain 1, Executive Board 2 
2. 3 Archery Coach 2 

Art Club 3, 4 Archery 1, 2 

President 3, 4 Glee Club 1, 2 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 

Muriel is one of those quiet girls from whom we hear little. But 

how much she can accomplish! We marvel at her skill in basketball; 

yet, as an artist, she surpasses us all. Keep up the good work, 




Class President 1, 2, 3, 4 

Student Council 1, 2, 3, 4 

Delegate to New York Confer- 
ence 1 

Official Delegate to Model 
League 4 

Class Play 4 

Drama Club 4 

Basketball 1, 2, 3, 4 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4 
W. A. A. 1,2,3,4 
Junior Prom Committee, Chair- 
man 3 
Art Club, Vice President 3, 4 
Archery 1, 2, 3 
Forum 2 

Response to Upper Classmen 2 
Year Book Staff 4 

Gracious, diplomatic and tactful, who could have made a more 
patient, long suffering president than Dot? 

During these last four years we are sure she has worn out at 
least one set of office furniture waiting to talk with Mr. Eldndge on 
our behalf, and more than one pair of slippers standing at the head 
of our receiving lines. 

Never mind, Dot, the class will cheerfully consider all bills for 
such services as necessary luxuries. We pay them with our sincere 
thanks and the promise of our love and friendship in the years to 


To Framingham Conference 4 
Basketball 1, 2, 3, 4 
Beacon Staff 2 
May Day Pageant 3, 4 
Class Day "Past" 3 
Christmas Play 4 

President Student Council 4 
Student Council 2, 4 
Glee Club 1, 2, 3 
Art Club 3, 4 
Drama Club 4 
W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 
Delegate to New York Confer- 
ence 2 

This tall, stately girl with the beautiful black tresses is none 
other than our Eila Mae. With a smile for everyone, she is a very 
special friend of us all. She is kind, sweet, and patient, and is loved 
by each and every one of her classmates. Her pleasant disposition 
and her magnetic personality are virtues which we should all like 
to possess. We know it would be most difficult to equal them. 

As an indication of Ella Mae's popularity among the students, 
and their confidence in her ability to lead, she holds the most re- 
sponsible position of any held by a student: she is president of the 
Student Council. 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 Reading Club 4 

Basketball 4 Forum 1 

Dot L;e must bjthe "thinker of "36." At any rate where would 
we be in math, or science if she couldn't solve the unknown quan- 
tity. Best wishes to a conscientious girl with a heart of gold. 

W. A. A. Executive Board 1, 2. Tennequoit 1, 2 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Secretary 

Treasurer 2, 3, President 4 
Archery 1, 2, 3, 4 
Basketball 1, 3, 4 
Soccer 2 

Surely our shining light of the musical realm needs no introduc- 
tion. Ida's rich mellow contralto has lent enchantment to many an 
occasion. Musical talent plus her gift of making friends has made 
her one of the most popular girls of '36. 

Model League of Nations 4 
New York Conference 3 
Year Book 4 
Prom Committee 3 
Senior Ball Committee 4 



Tennequoit Tournament 3 
Year Book Staff 4 
May Day Pageant Costume 
Committee 3 

Treasurer of '34 4 

Art Club Secretary 3, Treas- 
urer 4 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 

Axis Staff 1 

Margaret's cheery disposition and charming personality have 

won for her a host of friends at S.T.C. How we envy her winning 

smile and pretty blonde hair! Our best wishes are with a girl 

who, we know, will succeed. 

Vice President of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 Glee Club 1, 2, 3 
Social Chairman of Dorm 3, 4 Basketball 1 

Social Committee 2 Forum 3 

May Festival 3, 4 House Council 2, 3, 4 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 Year Book Staff 

Raise high your glasses for a toast! '36 is about to present its one 
and only weather forecaster. We do not profess, of course, that all 
her conclusions are based upon scientific research, but Kit is always 
optimistically sure of two things: "(1 ) It'll clear up soon, and (2) It 
can't rain tomorrow, too." It makes it very nice you see, because 
we're always sure of good weather. 

This lass has no end of accomplishments. It is a well known fact 
that she can read a Boston and Albany timetable with admirable 
alacrity. Sooky also m;t with surprising success with her geological 
delvings — cliffs, wave cut and such occupying a good deal of her 
interest. As to your philosophical research on good and had tenden- 
cies, may we expect a full report at some future reunion, Sooky'' 


Glee Club 1 , 2, 3 Assistant Editor of Year Book 4 

House Council 4 W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 

Vice President of Taconic Hill 4 Infant Staff 4 
Class Secretary 1, 2, 3, 4 Forum 

Art Club 4 

What an efficient person is Ruth! As secretary of our class she 
has kept all our affairs in perfect order. Nothing has escaped her 
attention or stood in the way of her doing her duty to the best of 
her ability. "Thorough in all things" is her motto. 

She is as kind and pleasant as she is systematic. With a smile 
and cheery word for everyone, she is able to brighten up like 
magic a person's disposition. 

Ruth is a little thing, but she seems to bear out the adage. 
"Good things com: in small packages." 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3 Commuters' Club 3, 4, Presi- 

Art Club 4 dent 

Year Book Staff. Business Man- W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 

ager Beacon Staff 

Marian's hidden graces — namely, a keen sense of humor and 
sparkling wit — when brought to the surface have cheered many a 
weary soul. Who could ask tor a better friend than she, whose 
motto is, "Ever ready, ever willing!" 


May Festival 3 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4 

Treasurer 2, 3 

President 4 

W. A. A. Executive Board 1, 2, 

Class Play 4 
Beacon Staff, Associate Editor 3 


Year Book Staff 4 

W. A. A. State Teachers' Con- 
ferences North Adams 2, 
Bndgewater 4 

Forum 2 

Axis Staff 2 

Basketball 2, 3, 4 

Class Song 3 

— And this, if you please, is Fran, our most prominent athlete, 
whose skill on the basketball court has saved many a hopeless game 
for '36. 

Frances' athletic ability has made her a model W. A. A. presi- 
dent. Under her management the organization won undying fame 
and distinction by being the only club ever to make $2.50 on a 
"dorm" dance. 

W. A. A. 1,2, 3, 4 Axis Staff 1 

Glee Club 1, 3 Ivy Oration 3 

Forum 2 May Day Festival 3, Property 

Beacon Staff 3 Committee 

Margaret is the girl who dotes on solitude — that is to say, she 
dotes as long as there are enough people present to enjoy it —and — 
according to Peg, silence is a wondrous thing too (if there's no one 
about to enjoy it.) 

Perhaps, and who can say nay, it was this longing for the quiet 
simple things in life which led the way for Peg's botanical interests 
which have had such splendid results! Particularly successful is her 
work with flowers of a bulbous nature — the lily of course showing 
marked response. 


Class Play 4 

Editor-in-Chief of Year Book 

Christmas Play 4 

Class Song (words) 4 

"Infant" Staff 4 

Axis Staff 1 

Class Day "Future" 4 

W. A. A. 1,2.3,4 
Glee Club 1,2,3 
Drama Club 1, 4 
Forum 1 
Beacon Staff 2, 3 
May Day Pageant 3, 4 
Basketball 4 
Student Council 3, 4 

Get out your dictionaries, folks! Here comes Mary. 

Long after her clicking heels have left these halls the gaiety of her 
laughter will linger in the corridors, for this patented giggle has 
become part of the school itself. And if you're studying late some 
evening and chance to com: upon two ghosts, be not afraid — it will 
be the Damon and Pythias of S.T.C. — namely, Karrey and Walsh 
Inc., who have come back from the limbo of alumnae land to cook 
dinner before senior play rehearsal. 


Basketball Captain 4 Year Book Staff 4 

W. A. A. 4 Soccer 4 

"Infant" Staff 4 Commuters' Club 4 

Full of pep and vim — that's Sylvia, our little Adamsite who is so 
greatly interested in physical education. She is a recent addition to 
our class, and we realize our good fortune in having acquired her. 
She is a real prize package. 

Shall we ever forget the grace exhibited by her lithe form on the 
gym floor 7 With mouths agape we looked at her from afar and ad- 
mired her. "What an athlete!" we exclaimed, and still admired . 

We have decided the world could never be a gloomy place with 
Sylvia in it, for she is the essence of all that is lively and gay. Her 
dances during morning assembly period made us feel light and 
exuberant as we know she felt. Many thanks, Sylvia, for lifting 
our spirits and making us more responsive in our classes that day. 



Laughing eyes and a disposition envied by all brought great 
renown to Peg during her sojourn at S.T.C. 


Her snappy comebacks and happy smile brightened many a long and weary hour for us. Our best wishes are ever 
with you, Bess. 

Helen, always very active in athletics, was the first from our ranks to become a full-fledged "School marm. 
have missed her, yet we are proud of her success gained on the mountain. 



(Mrs. Joseph Miller) 
Winnie's ability along domestic lines gave her a place of honor in our college. Perhaps that accounts for her choosing 
marriage in preference to teaching. What about it, Winnie 1 


"B" spent only a short time with us yet when she accepted a position during the year, we hated to see her go. 
Maybe we were just a wee bit jealous of your attainment "B." 


(Mrs. Frederick Drake) 
Last June Marion gave up her chosen career of school-teaching to enter the sea of matrimony. Knowing her ability 
as a housewife we are not surprised. 



W. A. A. 1,2, 3 Drama Club 3 

Head of Sports 3 Art Club 3 

Basketball 1, 2 Temporary Chairman of Fresh- 

Vice President of Class 2, 3 man Class 2 

W. A. A. Conference 3 

"Her ways are ways of pleasantness." 
Now and then we come in contact with a person whom we ad- 
mire because in her we see seme of the characteristics which we 
ourselves would like to possess. Goodness, chanty, open-minded- 
ness good sportsmanship, and friendliness all belong to Alma. 

Basketball 1,2 President of House Council 3 

Drama Club 1, 2, 3 Beacon Staff 2 

W. A. A. Secretary 2 Glee Club 2 

"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. 
And waste its sweetness on the desert air." 
Like a book, Ann grows on one. At first she appears shy, quiet, 
and reserved; after one gets to know her better, we find that Ann 
has a distinct personality of her own, charming, helpful, and viva- 

Drama Club 1, 2, 3 House Council 3 

W. A. A. Vice President 3 Basketball 1, 2, 3 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3 

"S/jilled in sports and pastimes." 
Doris can't be surpassed in any sport. She is always right at 
home in the gym. What an athlete is Doris! 


W. A. A. 1, 2. 3 Play 1 

Dramatic Club 1, 2, 3 Beacon 1, 2 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3 

"She's not a girl you luould often hear; 
We've found her trustworthy, studious, sincere." 
Quiet and unobstreperous, som?how Ruth makes us think of a 
surprise package, the contents of which are still a mystery to us. 
She has the qualities of the ideal teacher, and her children will un- 
doubtedly love her, just as we do. 


Drama Club 1, 2, 3 Basketball 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 President of Reading Club 3 

"And stdl thev gazed and still the wonder grew, 
That one small head could carry all she Ifnew." 
Fortune has smiled on Doris and has given her many of the gifts 
of the Muses. Success should be hers in all she undertakes. 

Glee Club, Secretary 3 Reading Club 3 

W. A. A. 3 Basketball 3 

"And greeted with a smile." 
Dot was a newcom:r to our class this year, and we would rather 
welcom: her than anyone. 

We should like to compare Dot to a magnet, for everyone with 
whom she comes in contact is drawn unmistakably to her. She 
possesses all the qualities which her fellow students admire, a cheery 
disposition, a helping spirit, and a genuine love of a good time. 


W. A. A. 1, 2. 3 Class Treasurer 3 

Point-Keeper W. A. A. 1 Basketball 1, 2, 3 

Drama Club 1 Reading Club 3 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3 

"To be merry best becomes her." 
Pleasant smiles, pleasant ways a most pleasant person to know is 
Evelyn. We all wish that we might be as cool and composed in 
manner as she is. We are sur^, Evelyn, that your jolly nature will 
bring you success. 


Student Council 1, 2 Chairman of Assembly Pro- 

Drama Club 1, 2, 3 grams 3 

Glee Club 1, 2, 3 Beacon Staff 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 Basketball 1, 2 

Class Play 

"Honor and conscience are in her 
And she doeth well that which she doeth." 
Here is a girl who is the envy of her classmates. What one 
wouldn't give for the mirks she receives! Success will await her in 
every venture which she undertakes. 


Reading Cluh 3 Volley Ball 

W. A. A. 1, 2,3 

'"The greatest pleasure of li/e is love " 
Phyllis is a real friend and an all-round good scout. Her breezy 
nature and nonchalant attitude make her attractively individual. 
We all admire her immensely. 

Class Secretary 3 Secretary Glee Cluh 2 

Class V President 1 Art Club 3 

Glee Club 1,2 W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 

"The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good.' 
Rowena is a country lass, 
Who is beloved by all h:r class. 
She is quirt, demure, petite, 
Her words are kind and very sweet, 
Her manner is pleasing and always polite, 
We fee! sure she will do right. 


W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 

"Ten words suffice." 
Ruthie certainly does enioy herself, especially in science classes. 
Good luck to the science lessons in the "little red school house." 



Drama Club 2, 3 

W. A. A 

Class Play 2 

1, 2, 3 

"She is prettv to wall{ with. 
And witty to tall^ unth. 
And pleasant, too, to thm\ on." 
Tiny, the Irish girl in "The Twig of Thorn", has that undefin- 
able something which we all admire greatly. Whatever it is, it has 
made our Tiny completely charming and lovely. 


Glee Club 2 W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 

"M-y way is to begin with the beginning." 

Muriel, who is quiet and reserved, bears out the proverb, "Still 
water runs deep." Her fine disposition and pleasing personality 
have done much to make her classmates love her. 


3 House Council 3 

Glee Club 2 
Drama Club Play 1. 2 
Beacon Staff 1 
Class Play 2 
eyes that smile; 
all the while." 


Drama Club 1,2,: 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 

Class President 1, 

Student Council 

Treasurer 3 

"Efficient manner, 
Helpjul, willing. 

During her stay here, Winnie has proved to be the best "min" 
in our plays. Her dramatic ability and power as a leader have been 
recognized by her friends. 


President of Class 3 Glee Club 1, 2 

Secretary of Class 1 , 2 W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 

Student Council 1, 3 

"Almost to all things could she turn her hand." 
Helen is the conscience of our class, and a better one no class 
ever had. No detail is too unimportant for her attention and she is 
thorough in all subjects. Helen is bound to succeed! 

Class Treasurer 1, 2 Glee Club 1, 2, 3 

Secretary Drama Club 2 Secretary of House Council 3 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 Basketball 1 

"Her voice was ever soft and low." 
Helen, underneath her sophistication, is really a friend worth 
having. Although she is unusually quiet, her charming manner has 
endeared her to us all. 


Glee Club 2 Art Club 3 

W. A. A. 1, 2, 3 

"Her ways are ways of pleasantness, 
And all her paths are peace." 
Aldina's friendly nature and pleasant manner will show her the 
way to happiness and success. She will always be remembered as 
having created a bright and peaceful spot in our college life. 



The Call 


Address of Welcome 

Two Guitars — Russian Folk Scrg 

Address to the Underclassmen 


The Morning Wind 

Come and Dance — Czecho-Slova\ian Song 

Traditions and Ideals 



Class Song 


June 13. 1935 

Ivy Exercises 

Ivy Sone 

Ivy Address 

Planting the Ivy 



North Adams for Aye 
Dancing on the Green 
Step Sing 

Dorothea L. Hoffmann 
String Ensemble 
Eleanor M. Corrigan 
Winifred K. Smith, '37 
Glee Club 

Evelyn F. Smith 

Ella Mae Karrey 

Mary A. Walsh 

Words by Mary A. Walsh 

Music by Ida R. Maino 

Class of 1936 

Margaret J. Stevenson 

Dorothea L. Hoffmann 

Winifred K. Smith, '37 

Eleanor M. Corrigan 

Taconic H;i 



President Eldridge, members of the faculty, parents, classmates, and friends: The class of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-six greets you all and welcomes you this afternoon to the exercises 
of its own great day. 

Within two days we shall have reached the goal toward which we have been striving for 
three long, yet seemingly short years. Some of us are now to enter upon the greater field of life 
which lies stretched out before us; we must renounce the actuality of our college privileges and 
pleasures only to hold them with the firmer grasp of our memories as we assume those graver 
burdens which surround us as we leave the threshold of this college so dear to us. 

We regret most keenly now that many duties have been ill performed and that great oppor- 
tunities have gone unheeded into the irrevocable past. But the hours of the present are golden 
and the recollection of the happy days that we have spent together will ever brighten our path- 
way, as we press with confident and hopeful promise into the future. 

To the President, to you sir, on behalf of the graduating class, let me offer our congratula- 
tions on the growth and continuing influence of our college. 

Members of the faculty, we tremble as we leave you, for here we have relied upon your 
wisdom and your guidance. We have felt too your genuine sympathy and say "Farewell" with 
sincere regret. 

From you, our parents and our friends, we depart with emotions of special regret. With 
deepest gratitude may we express our appreciation for our privilege in attending this college. 

Seniors, we can wish nothing greater for you than that every new achievement bring you 
joy and happiness. 

To the underclassman, we leave the college in your care. You are to enjoy the opportunities 
we have enjoyed. We commend to you the interests we have cherished, knowing your loyalty 
is no less than ours. 

Classmates, the time is now at hand when it is necessary for us as a class to part. The future 
holds no delusive promises to us for that time when we shall be traveling our individual paths of 
life but always it will contain pleasant memories of a past happily spent together. 

So it is with this spirit, half of regret, half of confidence, we say "Hail and Farewell". 

Dorothea L. Hoffman, '36 


Looking down from the heights of sophistication becoming only to the high rank of an upper- 
classman, I smile, a small, crooked, undecided smile which doesn't seem quite sure whether its 
corners will turn up or down. 

For three years we, who are soon to graduate, have looked upon all underclassmen with a 
wary eye of superiority. Upon your defenseless heads we have heaped one indignity after another 
from the enforced wearing of tell-tale yellow freshman caps down to gleefully watching you sweep 
the post-office steps with toothbrushes. You are made, it seemed, to carry our books, mail our 
letters and form the greater part of the "clean up" committee after a party. 

Today, looking down from the top of this long stairway we have built through three years 
of work, we can see you standing there, some of you who have already built your first steps ud 
toward the end of the way. 

Seeing you standing there, we who have carved, hammered and nailed our steps together 
can see so many things. We can see plainly, as we look backwards all the easy, lurking shallow 
which cause boards to be hewn crookedly, all the places where nails should have gone that are 
empty and sharp jagged edges that catch hurried, unheeding feet. 

These, yet, are not what we remember best or see most clearly for there are shining, glowing 
lights at each turn in the long stairway, there are softly carved stories of joy on each tread and 
everywhere, velvet curtains of friendship to hide the shabby places. From the top, sending its 
guiding light down to the very lowest step, is the thin golden shaft light of duty leading our feet 
up, up into attainment. 


All about you we have left the utilitarian t^ols for building — strong tools called books and 
teachers — small, delicate tools called songs, memories and laughter. Use them all in your building. 

Today, looking back on those years we are so soon to leave behind there comes a strange 
pang of regret. We did not treasure enough the little friendly things about — the click of heels in 
the hall — the brisk hilarity of the Greylock hike or the sunny quiet of the library. 

There comes the thought that perhaps we have not always wielded our tools wiselv but at 
last — somehow our stairs have reached a height that enables us to step over the threshold into a 
new work shop. 

Freshmen and Sophomores, no longer will we be here in shining example. You in your turn 
will find that you can show the way to new underclassmen and we hope you'll find as much satis- 
faction watching them come in all the inconvenient doors as we did. 

To you, a little regretfully, we give over all rights to dictate, lead and exploit the new under- 
classmen and when you in turn reach the threshold may you take with you as happy a memory of 
them as we have of you. 

Eleanor Corrigan, '36 


Look down, oh sophisticated ladies, yes and smile too. The '"frivolous freshmen and silly 
sophs" are thumbing their way — trying to get a ride to the top. We are just beginning to realize 
that there are no escalatorsin this long climb. Each step must be carefully mounted and before 
mounting, there must be something on which to place our feet, something solid and secure, some- 
thing which will stand the test through the years. 

Tools are a means to an end, but we must know how to use these tools. At first the young 
carpenter awkwardly handles the implements of his profession, but after watching the master, he 
comes to know the use and beauty of them. For him it is now a joy to behold the created product 
of his own apprenticeship. 

So, we the underclassmen, have watched you full-fledged carpenters build and mount your 
stairs, and with your tools, and ours too, you have gained the goal— the door at the top of the 
flight is open wide to you. 

I dream that, step by step, timber by timber, we too, will rear a stairway as successfully as 
you. We realize that the heights which you have reached were not attained in one glad bound, 
but slowly and tediously have you climbed the stairs. May we say with Whitman in his utter- 
ance of the manifesto of the new generation : "a better, fresher, busier sphere, a wider untried 
domain awaits, demands you." 

Winifred K. Smith, '37 



Three years ago we found ourselves among a multitude of new countenances, and surrounded 
by new personalities. Around us were stately buildings, dignified, impressive. The college 
seemed to us as stable as the never-changing hills which rise in beauty around it. We had always 
known about the State Teachers College at North Adams, always considered it a permanent 
feature of the landscape, literally, and taken it for granted that it would always exist as one of the 
important centers for the spread of culture m western Massachusetts. (It seemed incredible that 
it might cease to function.) But soon after our arrival, suddenly there began ominous rumors, like 
the thunder of an approaching storm, that our beloved college might close, might cease to function. 
Could we remain unmoved in the face of this threat that we might be shut out of existence? 
We were not unmoved, and neither were the countless alumnae and friends who for years had 
loved and honored this school. Not only those who had lived here and to whom the college had 
become a second home, but those who had looked forward to coming here and who had been, as 
it were, traveling with this as their destination felt this threat of closing as a personal injury. 


Could we save that which meant so much to us? We were determined to make an attempt. 

By means of individual and collective efforts, small when taken separately but powerful 
when combined, the alumnae and supporters of this school won their battle, and the college 
found itself again standing firm and secure. 

As we look back on this crisis, we see that little did we realize what our school really meant 
to us until we were forced to fight for its existence. So it is that wherever we go and whatever we 
do in life, those things which signify most to us are those which we struggle for. That is why our 
education means so much to us, because we have struggled three years for it. 

This unusual experience of saving the school, and the traditional experiences of forming 
friendships and sharing in many happy social events, and great lasting friendships have made our 
past in this school deeply appreciated and precious and one which is and will be the source of life' 
long memories. 

Perhaps this poem by Hamlin Garland can express for us something of our joy in the synv 
bolical heights in our environment : 

"The mountains are a silent folk: 
They stand afar-alone, 
And clouds that kiss their brows at night 

Hear neither sigh nor groan. 
Each bears him in his ordered place 
As soldiers do, and bold and high 
They fold their forests round their feet 
And bolster up the sky." 

Evelyn Smith, '36 


Three years of our work have been accomplished; what our future was three years ago is 
now our present. Our ideals were high, our reach exceeded our grasp, but little by little we 
climbed to the height we have now attained. Yet, we are still at the opening of an unpaved road. 
The barriers at this opening are about to be taken down and we are entering a new world made 
possible by our parents, citizens of Massachusetts and the faculty of our college. 

Our college means much to us, for we have toiled together toward one goal, that of making 
ourselves ready for our chosen profession, that work of guiding minds and hands, the teaching 
of little children. Every task we have undertaken has memories dear to us. Our college has become 
almost a sacred edifice. We have memories about her that are so deeply linked with pleasant 
associations we shall never allow them to escape from us. 

She was established as a normal school by our earlier citizens but has now grown into a degree 
granting institution. Yearly she grows, and now to meet new demands a Junior High course is 
being set up to interest those girls especially interested in training in the upper grades. This will 
undoubtedly mean a larger enrollment. 

The high aims of our Alma Mater are constantly kept before us. We want them high and 
we build on what was given to us by our founders. We want success and we keep the same 
ideals before us which brought satisfaction to those who led the way. 

We are the builders of today. Let us make our constructions strong, pure, dependable, and 
be ready to face what life has to offer. 

As we are gathered here today let us keep this creed in mind: 
"There is a destiny that makes us brothers. 
None goes his way alone, 
All that we send into the lives of others 
Comes back into our own." 

— Marl^ham 

Ella Mae Karrey, '36 


"Heaven is not gained at a single bound; 
But we build the ladder by which we rise 
From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies, 
And we mount to its summit round by round." 

How truly significant this is to us, teachers of the future. By constant and faithful work we 
hope finally to reach the pinnacle of success — not success for our own material gain, but for the 
betterment educationally and morally of the children entrusted to our care. Ours is a long and 
unending task, one which invites discouragement, one which beckons to despair many times, but 


we resolve here today to do all in our power to overcome the odds, to rise above the numerous 
obstacles we may find strewn in our paths. We shall aim high and strive for perfection. We shall 
try to accomplish the most with the material we are given. We promise to infuse into our hearts 
and spirits all the open-mindedness, all the fairness, all the tolerance which seem to us the requi- 
sites of a real teacher. 

Because we are cogs in the wheels of this huge democracy, we shall cope with the weak and 
the strong, with the brilliant and the dull, giving all as fair a chance as possible and treating all 
as individual personalities. We shall play our part in the shaping of the mass. Let us make each 
as fine a shape as we are able. Let us leave an indelible stamp, one of which we may be proud, 
upon the mind and character of each of our charges. 

As the years go by let us uphold the ideals of our college; let us treasure the counsel she 
has given us. 

May we all be worthy of our profession and may we at last "mount to the summit of the 
ladder round by round". 

Mary A. Walsh, '36 


Those fruitful, joyful college days, 
We're leaving them behind. 
They came and went in harmony 
Our minds and hearts to bind. 
Henceforth they'll be but memories, 
We gladly shall recall 
The kindly words, the cheery smile 
Of friends in this stately hall. 

We sought and found the knowledge here 

Our teachers did impart, 

And tho' we faltered, sometimes failed, 

Felt courage from the start. 

Oh dear gray walls, in ivy clad, 

In mem'ry's chain you'll be; 

The helpful thoughts and smiles you gave 

Shall ever be part of me. 

Music by Ida Maino, '36 
Words by Mary Walsh, '36 


ivy PCEM 

The sunshine on your silver leaves 

Gleams, and flings about its green 

A golden hallowed light 

That folds away a soft, sharp secret. 

The whispers of your web spun filigree 

The swift hushed murmur of your windy leaves 

Is never still. 

Eternally its sifted sound steals 

Out from misted shadowed places. 
We hold out hands to shape a cup 
To catch the scattered coolness 
Of your guarded memories. 
Etched, waxen leaves 
How much you know. 
What small, thin thoughts 
Can color trace in your slim pattern. 
Firm you stand 
And true, O Ivy; 
A chain you weave 

That reaches from the thick, black earth 
High into the searching, changing sky. 
To us who stand this day 
Upon a trembling threshold 
There is taught 
A final lesson in your strength. 
In the years to come may we remember 
To keep firm our faltering feet 
In sweet, soft comforting balm of soil 
Nor yet forget to stretch high up our arms 
Into the magic of Infinity. 

Eleanor Corrigan, '35 


Classmates, this is the day on which our last meeting as a class is held. We cherish three 
years of pleasant memories. But since it is the way of life to progress, we must look forward. 
What does the future hold for us? This is the question which is foremost in our minds today. 

This ivy we plant is a symbol of our future. This tiny vine will yearly grow upward, 
straight and strong, but ever clinging to these walls. As it is tenacious so may we be endowed 
with its power and strength. May we heed true ideals and cling to them as this rare plant adheres 
to these walls, and thus grow in our profession upward and onward. 

Guard our Alma Mater, which we have watched grow from a school into a college, and be a 
living symbol of our thanks to our parents and our teachers, and our loyalty to one another. Ever 
beckon and urge us on our way — an inspiration and a guide. 

Now we leave thee. Oh waxen green, climb on with us! 

Margaret J. Stevenson, '36 



We who are about to die at the shock of graduation salute you. Contrary to custom and 
only at the request of my client '36, you have been called here on this solemn occasion before 
death, to hear her will and receive her gifts. Owing to a lightness in the head caused by its 
gradual swelling during the last four years and a heaviness in the heart caused by thoughts of 
parting, my client may have been mistaken in her inventory, but such as she thinks she has, she 
gives to you, praying that you may not believe that it is only because she cannot keep her goods 
that she is generous. The class of 1936, being about to leave this sphere in full possession of a 
sound mind, as right as possible after four years of curricula and extra curricular activities, does 
dispose of its estate as follows : — 

To President Eldridge go our sincere good wishes and a deep appreciation for the excellent 
and skillful piloting of the Good Ship '36 into port. 

To our noble advisor, Miss Weston, we leave our proficiency in athletics, a poignant spirit 
in all gymnasium work, and a perfect attendance at each session. Without question it can be 
passed on to the incoming freshman group. 

To Miss Pearson we bequeath a new Art Appreciation text entitled "Painless Pathways to 
Art Culmination". 

To Mr. Venable we give an electric searchlight which will enable him to find those two long 
lost entities, the cosine of B and the tangent of A. 

To Mr. Holmes we leave all the local supply of Campbell Soup to be distributed to the 
cherubs of Mark Hopkins. 

To Miss Batchelder we leave a new ventilating system guaranteed to keep the atmosphere 
clear and cool. 

To the unsuspecting Miss Jenkins, we leave senior behavior as shining examples of problem 
cases according to Hoyle. 

To Miss Allyn goes a kiddie car in order that she may make her daily rounds delivering the 
mail each morning with greater rapidity. 

To Miss Underhill, we leave all the startling information we have given on quizzes and 
examinations in order that this knowledge may be used in the compilation of a new literature 
text for the education of our younger sisters. 

To Miss Boyden we transmit an automatic hushing machine with a keen sense of perception 
to be used during chorus period. 

To Miss Donelson we will a set of red arrows pointing to the sign "Silence". 

To Mrs. Van Etten we leave a request for a standing order of cream potatoes to be consumed 
at all future W. A. A. Winter Carnivals. We recommend them highly. 

To Mr. Cummings we give and bequeath our originality in design and the surprising out- 
come of all our tasks in woodwork classes. 

Muriel Gingras bequeaths all her appreciation for the "true and beautiful" to Betty Da vine, 
to be absorbed at every opportunity "in season and out of season". 

Ella Mae Karrey leaves seventeen cents as a contribution for the purchase of a gavel for the 
conduction of future Student Council Meetings. 

Kathryn McGee, who has never been known to move more than twenty miles per hour, 
leaves her terrific speed to Shirley Champlin, who boasts that for fifteen years she has hurried for 
no one — "they" have always hurried for themselves. 

Dorothea Hoffmann leaves a book on Parliamentary Law procedure and League of Nations 
activities to "Tiny" Shea with the request that this be carefully studied for the next Williams 
Conference of the Model League. 

Ida Maino, the only counterpart of Geraldine Farrar, generously bestows the qualities of 
such temperament to Marjone Bowers. Ida emphatically requests that the beneficiary use these 
qualities as a basic for strange behavior. 

Margaret Stevenson, an athlete of no mean ability, leaves her untiring devotion to hiking 
and her athletic prowess to Helen Donnis. 

Our noted treasurer Ruth Pittsinger, who spends money like water, bequeaths this charac- 
teristic to a certain junior who has never been known to mail any postcards since rates went up 
to two cents. 

Marion Raedel, whose voice inspired the modern flute, leaves this and her eagle eye to 
Bertha Ray, a prominent suffragette of the sophomore class. 

Magdalen Eichert, who claims direct descent from Sarah Bernhardt and also some of her 
talents, leaves her knowledge of acting to Margaret Buckley. 


Dorothy Lee leaves all the studying she failed to do to Nan Sullivan with a provision that 
Nan put it to good usage. 

Mary Walsh bequeaths to her future pupils a dictionary in order that they may interpret 
and translate her conversations and routine speeches. 

Margaret Miles who never gets ruffled even when knocked unconscious, hands down her 
good nature and automatic self-control to the freshman class. It's your own particular problem 

Frances Singleton decrees her lithe and supple grace on the basketball floor as well as h;r 
pink gym suit to Ginny Belanger. If these acquisitions are used faithfully there are great promises 
in store. 

Eleanor Corrigan, the silver tongued member of this organization, transmits her volubility 
to Rose Massacani. Next year, Rose will startle the assembly group with oratory never known 

To the incoming freshman we leave our ability to talk back in self defense and to make any 
action we see fit to commit seem perfectly justifiable and proper, in fact the only thing to do. 

To the juniors we bequeath "Senior dignity" without reservation. We are afraid that this 
will be a strain upon the nerves and muscles of the young, but we hope they will rise to the 

To the sophomores we give a little motor run by catsup in hopes that it will speed them up. 

Having signed away its worldly belongings and some things which are not its belongings, 
the class of '36 now passes on to bigger and better things. 

Signed : Class Attorneys 

Sylvia Paradis 
Marie Clark 


Marie Clark . 
Eleanor Corrigan 
Magdalen Eichert 
Muriel Gingras 
Dorothea Hoffmann 
Dorothy Lee . 
Ida Maino 
Kathryn McGee 
Margaret Miles 
Ruth Pittsinger 
Marian Raedel 
Frances Singleton 
Margaret Stevenson 
Mary Walsh . 
Sylvia Paradis 
Ella Mae Karrey 

"Mane oi' My Dreams" 
"Laughing Irish Eyes" 
"Lovely to Look At" 
"Way Out on the Mountain" 
"A Little Bit Independent" 
'It Happened When Your Eyes Met Mine" 
"Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider" 
"Kitty, My Dear, Will You Marry Me" 
"When You and I Were Young Maggie" 
"Straight From the Shoulder" 
'Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone" 
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind" 
"The Lily of the West" (en J) 
"I Want What I Want When I Want It'] 
"Who Is Sylvia" 
"You're The Top" 


Transmitter . 

Lines Between Stations 
Induction Coil 
Permanent Magnet 
Switchboard Operator 
Sound Waves . 
Long Distance Calls 
Carbon Particles 
Ground . 

Dot Hoffmann 

Mr. Eldndge 

Miss Weston 

Ruth Pittsinger 

Ida Maino 

Sylvia Paradis 

Marie Clark 

Eleanor Corrigan 

Mary Walsh 

Fran Singleton 

Broken Pencil Points 



Highlights of Sophomore History, Class '38 

We are entering upon the last lap of our career! State Teachers College looms before us! 
Thus did we think in September of 1934. Alas, we were just insignificant freshmen. To our dis' 
may we were forced to don bright yellow caps that shrieked — "freshmen"! — to the world. To 
add still further to our discomfort, the class of '37 established a set of rules that we were to obey. 
Needless to say these were not strictly followed. Consequently, several of our class members 
found themselves sweeping the post office steps with toothbrushes. Shortly after the initiat on, 
our class was informed that it was our duty to give the annual Halloween party. With the advice 
of the Big Sisters our first feeble attempt at entertaining attained some measure of success. The 
sophomores were our support for only a short time. In February, the class officers and Miss Dix, 
our advisor were elected. Now we assumed the formality of an organized class. Our president 
and one member from the freshmen body were allowed seats in the student council. We were 
beginning to belong! The freshmen responsibility next appeared in the guise of a dance. The 
artistic members of the class tastefully decorated the assembly hall for the occasion. The dance 
was a huge success and our efforts were well awarded. Now we turned our attention to June 
activities. Much to our sorrow, Miss Dix informed us that she was leaving as she had the offer of 
a better position elsewhere. Thus our freshmen year ended ! 

It is again September — but one year later. We are now sophomores! Under our motherly 
wing we take the newcomers. Of course it is only fair that we make them suffer the humiliation 
of our own first year. Guided by us, the freshmen wear the golden crowns. However, more im- 
portant matters need consideration. We must select an advisor. With one accord Mr. Venable 
was chosen. Now we must turn our eyes to a dance. The Sophomore Hop again demonstrated 
our class ability. From that time we have been bending our efforts towards aiding whenever 
possible. A thought — a wish — may our next two years be as happy as the last ! 

Florence Peltier '38 


Freshmen Class History 

Well, by now the freshmen are well on their way to new laurels, hut lest they forget, let's 
remind them of what's behind them. All the going hasn't been hard. Even the first day of school 
was great fun in spite of that slight feeling of inferiority which would creep in. The Big Sister 
Commission deserves many thanks from the freshmen for its great help to them. 

A reception was the initial gathering of the year which the freshmen attended. In spite of a 
cordial welcome, there was a feeling that this was the flower hiding the thorn. And such a thorn ! 
It called forth a special assembly to introduce to us the rules and the "crowning" glory — caps. 

But the freshmen, ever ingenious, turned disaster into victory by using these same beloved 
caps to decorate the gym for their Hallowe'en Party, at which Miss "Red Riding Hood" 
Batchelder was unquestionably the hit of the evening. 

Virginia Belanger was elected class manager and at a later meeting Miss Batchelder was 
chosen freshman advisor. 

That notorious bugbear of all classes, student assemblies, nearly downed the freshmen. 
They pulled through with only a bump or two to show. 

The joy of Christmas vacation was dulled by the thought of approaching exams. The whole 
school was caught in a flurry of excited studying. But like everything, even exams soon faded into 
the past. Once more order was restored. 

Mary Kidney was elected class president. Doris Akin, Rita Conway, and Helen Donnis be- 
came vice president, secretary, and treasurer respectively. 

There are many months ahead of the freshmen, but if they keep their fine spirit, they will 
make them as happy and successful as the first months have been. 

Virginia Belanger '39 


The Student Council 


Ella Mae Karrey 
Winifred Smith 

Members of the council have worked and cooperated throughout the year, reducing our college problems as they 
were met. Our first work was that of arranging our budget to meet the cost of a year book. 

A Commuter's Club was established and its members and friends can boast of its popularity. 

Although it was impossible for any of us to be present at the New York Conference we were able to attend two 
state conferences. The results of the latter will be seen in the year to come. 


The Cuesta Staff 

Assistant Editors 

Associate Editors 

Ida Maino 
Margaret Miles 
Kathryn McGee 
Sylvia Paradis 
Frances Singleton 
Margaret Stevenson 

Business Manager 

Mary Walsh 
Ruth Pittmnger. Eleanor Corrigan 

Marie Clarke 
Magdalen Eichert 
Muriel Gingras 
Dorothea Hoffmann 
Dorothy Lee 
Ella Mae Karrey 

Marian Raedfl 

The Editorial Staff presents the Cuesta to the members of the State Teachers College We hope that you may enjoy 
it and receive it with pleasure. 

The Staff extends its thanks and appreciation to President Eldridge, Miss Underhill. and Miss Weston and to 
everyone who has helped in any way to publish this book. 


The Glee Club 

Vice President 

Ida Maino 

Helen Gravelle 

Dorothy Dupell 

Clara McCormick 

Elizabeth Davine 

The Glee Club, under the supervision of Miss Lillian Boyden, has been a valuable asset to the State Teachers 
College. A concert, followed by a dance, was held on December 17, to which the public was invited. The Glee Club 
has provided musical entertainment for the various college exercises. 


The Dramatic Club 


Vice President 



Eleanor Corrigan 

Mildred Boyd 

Cathfrinf Shea 

SHIRLrv Champlin 

The Dramatic Club opened its season by presenting a completely student-produced play called the "Crimson 
Coconut". The performances were given by a cast which included Alma Benedetti, Doris Chonard, who practically 
stopped the show with her portrayal of the weary waiter, Betty Neyland- Mildred Boyd and Winifred Smith. The 
production was directed by Eleanor Corrigan. 

Moved by the spirit of emulation, after a theater party at Williams College, the club took part in the traditional 
Christmas festivities giving an exquisite drama which was directed by our faculty advisor — Mary Underhill. 

Regular meetings have been made exceptionally interesting by the activities carried on through our participation 
with the Glee Club and the Senior Class. 

So has ended another year of this club which each year takes a more important place among the organizations here 
in S.T.C. May it ever grow stronger! 

Eleanor Corrigan '36 


Members of the String Ensemble 

Lillian Boyden, Conductor 

Ruth Winship 
Margaret LaFontaine 

Ruth Denison 
Beth Weston 

Lillian Boyden 

Louise Long 


Dorothy Whitcombe 


W. A. A. 

Vice President 
Head of Sports 

Frances Singleton 

Doris Bourdeau 

Mildred Boyd 

Doris Jacob 

Alma Benedetti 


The W. A. A. opened its social calendar with the annual Mountain Day hike to the top of Greylock. The Hopper 
and Cheshire trails saw many footsore and weary girls before the beautiful autumn day drew to a close. 

Mid-winter found us making plans for the Winter Carnival. Because Mother Nature ruined the executive board's 
plan by a premature display of spring, our snow carnival had to be an indoor one. The carnival events were followed by 
a supper at Miss Weston's apartment. The Christmas party which was put on with the Drama Club was also voted 
unanimously a big success. 

Lake Shaftesbury was the ideal place, we found, for our W. A. A. spring picnic. 

The last month of the college year can boast of a most enjoyable Play Day and an unprecedented May Day in which 
the training school and college combined to give a picturesque and colorful entertainment to many friends. 

Frances Singleton '36 


The athletic program opened with hikes to various mountainous localities. The "Hare and 
Hound Chases" were the most popular. Tennis and archery under the capable management of 
Betty Neyland and Ida Maino won many supporters. 

The freshmen girls were the unquestionable victors in the inter-class basketball tournament. 
Skiing, also, found many loyal advocates in the freshmen class. We owe triple thanks to Dons 
Jacob for her fine piece of work as W. A. A. treasurer and head of both tenniquoit and basketball. 
Badminton and ping-pong, two new indoor sports, added a number of girls to the afternoon gym. 
Sylvia Paradis, a most welcome newcomer to the senior class, contributed much pleasure to the 
girls who attended her Monday afternoon dancing classes. 

Spring arrived with baseball, volleyball, bowling, and swimming. 

The college wished to thank Miss Weston and the executive board for their unfailing will- 
ingness to help us have a fuller athletic program. They, in turn, hope that each girl has found 
that our motto "A Sport for Every Girl and a Girl for Every Sport" has a real basis of truth. 

Frances Singleton '36 


Art Club 


Vice President . 

Secretary ■Treasurer 

Muriel Gingras 
Dorothea Hoffmann 

Margarft Mile? 

The Art C!ub, under the guidance of Miss Pearson, has included two groups of work. There have been lectures 
and visits to art exhibits, museums, and studies of well-known artists. Such trips as those to the Memorial of Saint 
Gaudens and to the studio of Mr. Blake will long be renumbered. We have also found pleasure in the art exhibits of the 
Massachusetts School of Art and the Eusiness Men's Art Club at the Public Library as well as others held in the Crane 

The second group of activities censisted of sketching, painting, stencilling, handwork and design. Som? of these 
were carried on as group activities, while others were individual projects. 

We express our appreciation to Miss Pearson, who has helped us develop a desire to become acquainted with the 
beauty which is available in our surroundings. 

The Club is grateful to teachers and friends who have kindly furnished transportation for our interesting trips into 
the Art world. 



"School days are the happiest days of your life." How often have we heard this phrase and 
vaguely wondered at the time if, after all, school days with all the worries and cares woven into 
them were the happiest days of our lives. 

Perhaps living for two, three or four years in a dormitory does as much as anything to build 
up a feeling of completeness, adjustment, happiness and contentment among girls and boys away 
at school. 

Taconic Hall has been our home for four years at college. The years spent here will long be 
remembered and looked back upon with fondest recollections. So many times the halls have 
vibrated with laughter — perhaps a group of freshmen up to some prank. Our rooms have been 
the meeting places of happy groups of girls gathered to discuss very often events connected with 
school as well as personal affairs. If the walls could speak we wonder what secrets they would un- 
fold, told them year after year by one girl or another. 

"Dorm" dances, especially of late, have made up a large part of our social program during the 
year. Christmas dinners when we have invited outside guests as well as our classmates and teach- 
ers we shall recall with pride as the years slip by. How thankful and pleased we were this year 
when Mrs. Van Etten, our house mother, always thoughtful and helpful, served tea for us during 
the afternoons of exam week. 

This year we chose Anne Berte for our house president, Ruth Pittsinger for our vice presi- 
dent, and Helen Strehle, secretary-treasurer. These officers are supported by a house council, 
consisting of several other girls residing in the dormitory. 

Our activities have been numerous and varied. We have enjoyed ourselves in every possible 
way. Each year we hope for more girls to enter as freshmen and to live in our house. Each girl 
has something to add to the enjoyment of living together as one large family. 

Kathryn McGee '36 


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